Catch Up Q And A With Gordon Brown

Gordon has six crime and thriller books published to date, along with a number of short stories. His latest novel, Deepest Wounds, published by Strident Publishing, is the third in the Craig McIntyre series. Gordon also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival (see and is a DJ on local radio ( He lives in Scotland and is married with two children.

In a former life Gordon delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business, floated a high tech company on the London Stock Exchange, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.

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Craig McIntyre’s mere presence can turn people’s darkest thoughts into action.
On an Iraqi street, Craig McIntyre finds himself at the center of an event that leaves several people dead. Ex-military, now a bodyguard, he has no idea how they died.
Others think he is repsonsible – the catalyst. They have no issue with that.
Indeed, they are intent on harnessing Craig’s dark talent for creating chaos where once there was order…and will let no-one stand in their way.
Who are McIntyre’s pursuers? What do they see in him that he cannot see in himself? And what will happen to him if he is caught? Worse, what will happen to those closest to him if he escapes?
As he struggles to come to terms with events, and with the possibility that he really is a vehicle for anarchy, can he stop his darkest thoughts turning to revenge

You can only run for so long

Craig McIntyre’s mere presence removes people’s inhibitions and turns their darkest thoughts into actions.

Having fled across America to evade capture by arch-enemy Senator Tampoline, McIntyre is ‘persuaded’ to work alongside him in the national interest.

The US Strategic Petroleum Reserve has been destroyed by a white supremacist group. The attack has been hushed-up and time is of the essence if national and global economic meltdown is to be avoided.

As McIntyre tries to apply his unique ability to salvage the situation, it is hard to know who is working harder to thwart him: his allies or his enemies. It might be safer to stay ahead of both.

McIntyre will never forgive Tampoline for what he has done. He is not even sure he can suppress his animosity in pursuit of the greater good…

Craig McIntyre’s mere presence removes people’s inhibitions and turns their darkest thoughts into actions.

As Craig McIntyre tries to escape bounty hunters from the Dark Web, he discovers that his details are linked to a clandestine government project. Might it hold answers to his past as well as dangers for the present?

Back on the run in North America, McIntyre hooks up with some unlikely allies. But can he trust them any more than those who want to use him to shape the future…and to further their personal ambitions?

Have those behind Factor really given up on their pursuit of him? Or is McIntyre being reeled in with some politically toxic bait?

McIntyre is the key to an explosive secret that could change mankind forever

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What have you been up to with your writing since we last spoke?


1) I’ve been working on two different books. I just handed the first draft of the fourth in the Craig McIntyre series to my publisher. As usual I’ll now wait on feedback and the dreaded edits. If things pan out we are looking at a late Spring/early Summer launch next year.

The second book is something new. I currently have two series on the go. One in the U.S. with Down & Out Books where Charlie Wiggs is the main protagonist (‘Falling’ and ‘Falling Too’) and the Craig McIntyre series in the UK with Strident Publishing (‘Darkest Thoughts, ‘Furthest Reaches’ and ‘Deepest Wounds’). The great news is that Down & Out Books have just signed to take all three Craig McIntyre books into the USA, starting in 2019, so, for the moment, Charlie Wiggs is having a rest. This gave me the opportunity to work on a new series. I can’t tell you that much about it, as it’s with my agent at the moment, other than to say it’s a more traditional Scottish crime book, but with a twist.

On top of my book writing I’ve been playing my part in organising this year’s Bloody Scotland and I’m also, along with Neil Broadfoot, Douglas Skelton and Mark Leggatt on a mini tour with ‘Four Blokes in Search of a Plot’. The latest gig was a few weeks back in Rothesay,as part of Bute Noir, to a sell-out crowd. We are planning more gigs when we can get our diaries to gel.

I’ve also penned a few short stories – one was to help publicise the Four Blokes visit to Bute and the other was written because I couldn’t sleep (if anyone wants to read them click here).


So far what was your favourite book to write in terms of characters and plot?


2) The answer to this question is always the same, ‘The book that I’m working on now’. I love the process of writing. I lose myself in it. And, to be fair, I sometimes frustrate myself with it all. I strive to improve my writingat all times and I’m becoming more critical of my own work. Take the new Scottish crime novel, I had a fellow author, Russel McLean, work on an initial edit for me before I handed it over, as I am looking to shine brighterthan ever before with this new work.


How did you get involved in Bloody Scotland and the spotlight event?


3) The story of Bloody Scotland and my involvement goes back to 2010 when, sitting at a lunch with Alex Gray and Lin Anderson I heard them chatting about the lack of a crime festival in Scotland; a travesty given the wealth of crime writing talent that this country has produced. A week later Lin and I were sitting in Prince’s Square talking about the festival idea and I seem to remember uttering the words, ‘How hard could it be to organise a crime writing festival?’ Roll on seven festivals and we’ve just hit a little under 10,000 tickets for this year’s event.

Crime in Spotlight was born four years ago. In a previous life I used to run the Tennent’s marketing department and had the overall responsibility for the Tennent’s Lagersponsorship of T in the Park. I’m a live music nut and T in the Park grew my passion. When Bloody Scotland was getting established it was one of our core tenets that the festival, amongst other things, should encourage and supporting new authors. I can’t remember the exact music gig that sparked the idea of a ‘support band’ for the main authors at Bloody Scotland – but it seeped into my head one night. I suggested it at a Bloody Scotland board meeting – and Crime in the Spotlight was born. It’s been a great success, this year we had thirteen debut authors reading at the start of all our largest events.


Have you any events coming up that you can share with us?


4) I’ve a few events coming up. One of the fun ones is the North Ayrshire Libraries Reader’s Day on the 24th of this month. It’s a full day with three other authors – Denise Mina, Helen Sedgewick and David Ross. Each of us was asked to choose a book from our own work and a book from another author for the attendees to read and then discuss at the event. I choose my latest McIntyre book, ‘Deepest Wounds’ and Stephen King’s ‘Mr Mercedes’. I have a love/hate relationship with Mr King’s work. ‘Christine’ is a book that sparked so much in me as a wannabe writer but I’ve also fallen out of love with him on occasions. The Bill Hodges’ trilogy (‘Mr Mercedes’, ‘Finders Keepers’ and ‘End of Watch’) hooked me again as, with consummate ease, he turned his hand to crime fiction.

I’ve also just finished participating in a festival in Spain called Xabia Negra. I contacted the local council at Xabia a couple of years back and set up a reciprocal deal to take some authors from Bloody Scotland to their festival. This year, Graeme Macrae Burnet, AbirMuckherjee, Lin Anderson and myself attended. I wrote a small blog on it if anyone is interested.


Have you had any ideas about what you would like to write about next?


5) With book four of McIntyre with my publisher and the new Scottish crime book with my agent, I now need to get myself into gear for book 2 in the new series and McIntyre 5. I know what the former is about but not in detail, I’m not a planner. The latter is a bit of a mystery,although I’ve a kernel of a thought based on something that popped into my head while out for a walk a few days ago – both ideas will grow when I get to battering my poor old Mac into submission.


What has been your stand out moment so far as a Scottish crime fiction writer?


6) That’s a tough one, there are so many special moments – the time I saw my first book on a shelf, the launch and success of Bloody Scotland, the USA picking up my work, appearing at some fantastic events across the world – the list goes on. The real joy for me is the realisation of a dream to be a published writer. It’s not all wine and roses, but it’s an amazing adventure and I’ve met some wonderful people that I would never have encountered had it not been for my writing.
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Wendy H Jones Antiques and Alibis Tour

Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. She has also wrote a children’s picture book Bertie the Buffalo telling the true story of a young Water Buffalo that went missing from a Farm in Fife and the adventure he had.

Cass Claymore, a red headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina inherits a Detective Agency, and accidently employs an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. Hired by a client who should know better, Cass has no leads, no clue and a complete inability to solve a case. Still a girl needs to eat and her highbred client’s offering good money. Join her as, with bungling incompetence, she follows a trail littered with missing antique teddies, hapless crooks, a misplaced Lord of the Realm and dead bodies. Will Cass, and Scotland, survive?

Book Location

As I am Scottish and From Dundee, the ideal location presented itself to me straight away. I would take the advice of write what you know and set my books firmly in my home town. However, as Dundee is a rather small city, I had to expand things a bit. Therefore, I use Angus, Perthshire and Fife as well.


I believe crime books need both a large palette and a tight canvas on which to paint the mystery. Let me explain. The tightness of a local area helps to heighten the tension of the situation. If there is a serial killer on the loose in a small space, the terror is all the greater. It allows the writer to develop the characters and the visceral fear that grips the city. However, this fear can also be greater if no one knows where they will strike next. If the killer is at work in Dundee, the residents of Angus, Perthshire and Fife become complacent. When the next murder is on one of these areas, the terror moves to the whole country. Panic then ensues.


I am fortunate in that the area in which I set my books is stunning. It has history, nature, industry, old buildings, new buildings, parks and enough variation to allow for dram and excitement. Dundee is an old whaling town and is known as the city of Jute, Jam and Journalism. The people are proud yet generous and, on the whole, look out for each other. It is going through a whole period of regeneration and the new V&A Museum has just opened. There is a real vibrancy and buzz about it, so plenty to write about and to use as a location.


Cass Claymore is a motor bike riding ex-ballerina who inherits a Private Detective Agency. She loves the bike and needs a wider area in which to ply her wares. Therefore, Scotland is her palette but still with Dundee firmly at the centre.


As an author, I am also allowed to take my characters wherever I choose. In the next DI Shona McKenzie Mystery, Shona and Peter will be taking a trip to New Orleans as it ties in with a case she is working on. This is great fun to write as New Orleans is such an exciting and exotic city. The contrast between Dundee and New Orleans will play a large aprt of the story.